Classroom in the Cloud: Technology as a Learning Environment

By:Laura Fleming

learning 3d“In September 2013, I was recruited by then-principal Eric Sheninger to be the new library media specialist of New Milford (New Jersey) High School, and was tasked with seeking to improve student performance by developing an exciting and engaging learning environment for all. My vision was of a learner-centered space where students and teachers would have access to exciting technologies, digital and print resources, and productive spaces offering scope for collaboration and creativity. In seeking to turn what been a largely unvisited and unused library into a vibrant part of the school community, I felt challenged by the limitations of the physical space. The library had not been renovated in decades, and it offered very little in terms of what a modern-day learning “commons” should be.

My inspiration at this point was Pixar Animation Studios. I’d read that Pixar had set itself on the path of being a constant learning organization, and I remembered that part of the impetus behind their mission had been attributed to their flexible, creative, and collaborative office spaces. I combined the ideas that I garnered from Pixar’s quest with a quote from Winston Churchill that I have always liked: “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.”To read further please click here:  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/classroom-in-cloud-learning-environment-laura-fleming

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